Montana Bats Threatened with Disease-Millions Could Die Increasing Mosquito Population

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Let’s face it. Many folks (myself included) think bats are downright gross. Perhaps not everyone but a good number of people with visions of Dracula bites roaming through their brains, but the facts are we need these unusual creatures desperately to help control the mosquito population in Montana. Without bats, we would be in for a very “buggy” summer. Read the article below to find out more and view the video.

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A deadly disease is emerging in Montana that could wipe out bat populations.

“White-nose syndrome affects bats primarily when they’re hibernating. So that’s between November and May. It’s not known to have a major effect on them while they’re not hibernating,” FWP information and education program manager Morgan Jacobsen said.

It’s a disease with no treatment. It is estimated the death toll is between 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats in eastern and central North America.

“If white-nose syndrome affects bats in Montana the same way it has affected bats in the east, Montana can see catastrophic declines in our bat populations,” biologist Kristina Smucker said.

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